Twin Bayou District Roundtable
September 10, 2015
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at St. John The Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, 77019) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of Roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
Fall Popcorn Sales
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships. For more information, contact Tom Paulley.
More Information Sign up your unit to sell popcorn Popcorn Kernel Guide
There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town:
1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.
2. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run through November 10, 2015.
Cub Scout Fall Recruiting
The fall recruiting campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Download directional signs and table tents to use during your recruiting nights.
Council Recruitment Resources / Leader's Guide
Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join? Utilize the BSA's Build an Adventure and Badge of Honor resources. Ideas on how to produce a successful fall recruiting campaign:
- School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).
- Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.
- Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.
- Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.
- Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.
- Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.
- Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.
- Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.
- Have Cub Scouts wear their uniforms on the day of the rally.
- Plan a second event (e.g., pack meeting) to invite prospective Cub Scouts. Use the second chance flyers.
October 3, 2015
The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. Registration opens in September.
Boy Scout Fall Camp-o-ree
October 9-11, 2015
Camp-o-ree is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, Scout (Tenderfoot, Second and First Class) skills, and Scout spirit. Webelos Woods will be held the same weekend. Troops will have the opportunity to meet with Webelos and their families who are attending Webelos Woods. Registration opens in September.
October 9-11, 2015
Webelos Woods is a camp out designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. Webelos patrols compete in Scout skills (e.g., first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots). The Webelos patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. Webelos and parents will get to meet area Boy Scouts and troop leadership. Registration opens in September.
Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered in the council.
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|October 16, 2015
||Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation BALOO) is a one day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught, along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter.
|October 31, 2015
||Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
||Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
|November 7-8, 2015
||Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
||Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Fifth grade Webelos leaders are encouraged to take this course.
|November 14, 2015
||Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow
||Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is one-day training where Cub Scout leaders and parents can increase their knowledge and improve their skills. Offered in November, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions. Walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!
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